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Lake Kivu Serena
Why we like it
- Excellent Panoramic Restaurant, beautiful luxury swimming pool, relaxing health centre and beachside bars
- Ideal venue for weddings and honeymoons
- State of the art gymnasiums, tennis courts and cardio studio if you fancy a work out
Short ten minute drive to Gisenyi Volcanic Hot Springs!
I tracked the Susa group which is the one I really wanted to see - it was almost as if gorillas were tumbling out of every bush, shrub and even at times they seemed to fall from the sky.
- MM, Edinburgh
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is ideally located on a sandy beach, in the Rwandan resort town of Gisenyi, on the shores of Lake Kivu, the 6th largest lake in Africa. The nearby Virunga Volcanoes provide a spectacular backdrop on one side complimenting a panoramic view of the lake on the other. Accommodation comprises 66 air-conditioned rooms including 6 luxury suites, 23 family rooms and one room especially equipped for disabled guests.
Kigali via Nairobi
10 hours 10 minutes
GMT +2 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required
Best time to travel
July - September, December - January
The driest months in Rwanda are between July and September and from December to January. The rains tend to fall between April and May and then again from October to November. However, trekking for gorillas involves entering the rainforests so you need to be prepared to get wet and muddy most of the year.
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Suggested itineraries in Rwanda
Nights: 8 | from £5,535pp
Compact Rwanda delivers a mighty punch. This is one of the only places in the world in which you can experience intimate encounters with wild mountain gorillas – as well as a wealth of other primates, and a bounty of birds.
Gorilla Tracking from Nairobi
Nights: 3 | from £3,225pp
A chance to witness mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Rwanda on this exciting 3 night trip with expert trained guides on-hand.